Alyth lorry stars in Whisky Galore

Truck will be at Blair screen­ing of film on Sun­day Clare Damodaran

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An Alyth’s man much-loved lorry has a star­ring role in Whisky Galore, the re­make of the 1949 clas­sic film star­ring Gre­gor Fisher and Ed­die Iz­zard. And Jack Muir’s 1951 O type Bed­ford truck will be out­side Blair­gowrie Town Hall this Sun­day evening for com­mu­nity cin­ema group Strath­more Screen’s show­ing of the film.

Jack has owned the lorry, which be­longed to Aberdeen Co-op and was in ser­vice de­liv­er­ing coal un­til 1995, since 1999.

Since he has owned it, it has ap­peared in a num­ber of films and tele­vi­sion se­ries, in­clud­ing global hit Out­lander and Young Adam star­ring Ewan McGre­gor.

Jack also par­tic­pates in lorry shows all over the coun­try with the Bed­ford.

But the pris­tine con­di­tion he keeps the truck in was deemed by the pro­duc­ers of Whisky Galore to be “too good” for the film.

Jack said: “They said it looked too good for the film.

“I told them my fa­ther went out in the lor­ries and ev­ery Mon­day they went out look­ing spot­less, but they told me ‘not on the west coast they didn’t’.

“So they paid Crole’s in Blair­gowrie to make it look old, and then re­store it to its former glory af­ter film­ing. They did a great job.”

The film was shot in 2015 in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Port­soy, Rose­heartie at the caves, Harthill, Greenock and Irvine, and Jack drove it to all the lo­ca­tions.

He also has an­other lorry and two cars, in­clud­ing a 1937 Vaux­hall which has also been in Out­lander.

Jack said: “This lad saw my lorry and it’s his job to find cars and for films. It just came from there re­ally.

“Peo­ple recog­nise the lorry now, I’ve had it a long time.

“The lorry is more fa­mous than I am now!”

Strath­more Screen are show­ing Whisky Galore (PG) on Sun­day at 7pm.

The clas­sic tale - which was also re­cently brought to life by Alyth Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety for their spring show - fol­lows the story of a group of is­landers in World War Two when the SS Politi­cian - an 8000-tonne ship sail­ing for Kingston in Ja­maica and New Or­leans with a cargo in­clud­ing 28,000 cases of malt whisky - ran aground off the Is­land of Eriskay in the Outer He­brides.

This new film ver­sion stars Ed­die Iz­zard as Cap­tain Wagget, James Cosmo as Ma­cal­is­ter the min­is­ter and Gre­gor Fisher as Macroon.

Strath­more Screen’s chil­dren’s film this month is The Boss Baby, the lat­est com­puter-an­i­mated com­edy film from Dreamworks, which will be shown at 4pm.

It fea­tures the voices of Alec Bald­win, Miles Christo­pher Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kim­mel, Lisa Kudrow and Tobey Maguire and fol­lows the story of a baby who is a se­cret agent in the se­cret war be­tween ba­bies and pup­pies.

Tick­ets for both films are on sale at Mitchell’s Newsagents on Blair­gowrie High Street and the Ca­lutek store in Rat­tray, priced £6.50 for adults, £5.50 con­ces­sions and £5 for chil­dren.

Fam­ily tick­ets – for one adult and up to three chil­dren or two adults and two chil­dren – are also avail­able for £21.

Doors open 30 min­utes prior to each film start­ing. Re­fresh­ments and home bak­ing are avail­able at each screen­ing for a dona­tion.

Star billing Jack is pic­tured in his lorry on set with ac­tor Gre­gor Fisher. Left, the lorry in the film

Screen star Jack Muir’s Bed­ford truck

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